Tips for a Green Halloween!
Fall is in the air, which means that it’s almost time for Halloween! The spookiest time of year is an excellent time to reduce your waste footprint. Make this year the greenest yet with these tips!
1. Carve it green! Carving jack-o-lanterns? Be sure to purchase local and organic pumpkins – Pennyslvania pumpkins travel less and therefore produce fewer emissions. As you carve the pumpkin, compost the gooey innards – or better yet save the pumpkin seeds to roast and have as snacks all month!
When your jack-o-lantern starts to wilt, add it to your compost pile to turn it into a beautiful soil additive for the spring! If you are composting your jack-o-lantern, only use soy or beeswax candles, as the wax from paraffin-based candles cannot be composted.
2. Sustainable Treats! Hand out treats to young ghouls that have minimal or recyclable packaging. Check to see if the sugar, chocolate, and other ingredients are sourced sustainably. Cacoa (the major ingredient in chocolate) production is responsible for deforestation around the globe according to the World Resources Institute.
3. Zero Waste Trick or Treat Bags! Speaking of treats, make sure you collect yours in reusable bags! Avoid single-use paper or plastic bags for more durable reusable options like pillow cases or reusable shopping bags!
4. Second-hand is spooky! According to the World Resources Institute, producing a single polyester shirt creates the equivalent of 12.1 POUNDS of greenhouse gases! Avoid producing additional pollution by using clothes your already have or shopping in thrift or second-hand stores to create your Halloween costume!
5. Host a Hallo-green party! Invite your favorite ghosts and ghouls over to celebrate the season! Use durable plates, cups, and silverware to fight unecessary waste and decorate your home with last year’s Halloween supplies (or make your own recycled decorations!).